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Around 45 jury-selected artists from throughout the Tampa Bay region will showcase their art during the 2020 Gulfport Fine Arts Festival Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Veteran’s Park, 5350 31st Ave. S.

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GULFPORT — As Gulfport residents decide who will represent Ward 1 on the City Council in the upcoming municipal election — incumbent Daniel Liedtke or challenger April Thanos — they also have another important choice to make: which furry friend will be named the city’s first honorary pet mayor?

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GULFPORT - Last year, while looking through discounted holiday decorations at Lowe’s after Christmas, Julie Stenstrom and her wife, Veronica Dasilva, found a large mailbox designed for letters to Santa.

“It was on sale, a really good deal, and the last one they had in the store,” Stenstrom said. “We didn’t go looking for it, but there it was. We looked at each other and said, ‘This might be fun.’”

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GULFPORT — When ceramic artist Brenda McMahon moved to Gulfport in 2008, she discovered the city’s vibrant arts community. She was surprised to learn, though, that nobody had ever organized an open studio tour there.

McMahon knew that such a tour would be successful in Gulfport, which already enjoyed a thriving arts scene. So she decided to start one, and three years ago launched ArtJones.

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